Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the David Mamet action drama, Redbelt.

Written and directed by Mamet, the film is set in the Jiu-Jitsu fight underworld of West Los Angeles; Variety describes it as inhabited by bouncers, cage-fighters, cops and special forces operatives. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as a Jiu-Jitsu master who has eschewed prizefighting tooperate a self-defense studio; when he is conned by a cabal of movie stars and fight promoters, he must enter the ring to fightin order to regain his honor.

Production on Redbelt is scheduled to begin in May in LA; a summer 2008 release has been set.